Canoeists that would like a way of charging their batteries or powering outboard motors or other electronic gear whilst on the move might be interested in a new solar powered out-rigger which has been created specifically for kayaks and canoes.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the solar powered outrigger which can provide enough juice to charge batteries, GPS, smart phones, tablets, laptops or anything else you might need to charge whilst out and about and away from the grid.
The SPO•3 is an solar powered, motorized outrigger that connects to kayaks and canoes. Solar panel charges battery, which powers motor. The SPO•3, Solar Powered Outrigger is a completely self-contained solar powered outrigger for most kayaks and canoes. It consists of a frame, solar panel, energy storage module, and electric motor. A quick and simple mounting system allows the SPO•3 to easily attach to most kayaks without any customization to the kayak itself. A gelled nickel metal hydride battery pack gives the craft 6-8 hours of continuous use with out the need to recharge.
A 120V charging port can be used to charge the battery more quickly, not relying on the solar panel for charging. Presently we are tooling up for the flotation pod, which is molded fiberglas. The frame is now 50% lighter, making for a more efficient craft. The money raised will be used for two things; one to finish the tooling needed for the mold, and secondly to purchase the parts necessary to start production. Initially, we will be producing in batches of 10 units at a time.
All revenue generated will be pumped back in to purchase the next batch of components. With a little momentum, this will build until it is self-perpetuating. Some basic research shows that there is a healthy market for this product. Besides basic recreational use, it has potential for kayak fishing, excursions, touring, and even can provide water access to the disabled or others that have traditionally been unable to access the water. With the help of this campaign, we feel this can be a success.
Source: KickstarterFiled Under: Concepts & Design, Design News